Sarma Vrudhula

Sarma Vrudhula

Sarma Vrudhula joined ASU in 2005. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the ECE  departments at the University of Arizona, and the University of Southern California.  He was the founding director of the NSF S/IUCRC Center for Low Power Electronics at the University of Arizona, in collaboration with the EE department of the Arizona State University.  He is also the founding director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Embedded Systems at ASU.

His work spans several areas in design automation and computer aided design for digital integrated circuit and systems, focusing on energy management of circuits and systems. Specific topics include: energy optimization of battery powered computing systems and wireless sensor networks; system level dynamic power and thermal management of multicore processors and system-on-chip (SoC) focusing on mobile devices; statistical methods for the analysis of process variations; statistical optimization of performance, power and leakage; new circuit architectures of threshold logic circuits for the design of ASICs and FPGAs; circuit and system architectures using emerging device technologies; non Von Neumann architectures.

He was made Fellow of the IEEE in 2016 for “contributions to low power and energy-efficient design of digital circuits and systems.”
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Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Southern California, 1985
M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 1980
B.Math., University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1976

Research interests

CAD for VLSI circuits, logic synthesis and verification, low-power design, power, energy and thermal management in processors performance, power and yield optimization of VLSI circuits, novel logic structures and applications to biology

Honors and awards

  • Best Researcher, Senior Faculty (SCIDSE), 2009; Best Researcher, Senior Faculty (ASU CIDSE) 2011

Key activities

  • Director, Center for Embedded Systems; former associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on VLSI; current associate editor for the IEEE Transaction on CAD and the ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES); former visiting scientist with Motorola’s Advanced Design Tools group, Austin, TX